28 Feb Q+A with David, volunteer suicide bereavement specialist at Victim Support.
Can you talk a bit about your role as a volunteer suicide bereavement specialist?
As a new volunteer for Victim Support, I’m continually learning what I can do to assist those who have been affected by suicide in their family. What I have done so far is listen and support them as they continue to work through the grief, to understand there is a way forward while not forgetting their loved one who has died. For me it has been a learning curve but it has helped me to grow as a person.
Why did you want to be a Victim Support Volunteer?
From a young age I have been bought up to serve my community. and those that I come in contact with. As a deacon in the Catholic Church, I am familiar with supporting people who have been affected by death and loss of family members. Working with Victim Support as a volunteer is an extension of what I have done through life. In this role I feel that I can make a difference.
Would you recommend volunteering for Victim Support to people thinking about it?
We are all different but we all have something to give. I would totally recommend to anybody to have a go. To go through the training, understand what is involved and to realise that each one of us can make a difference to somebody’s life.
Interested in volunteering at Victim Support? Learn more here.